Three Summer Adventures

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Date(s) - 13/07/2016 - 20/08/2016
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Kalispell, Montana

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Summer Adventure Series!  

Dates:  July 24,  July 31,  and August 14th



This summer GUUF will be offering hikes and outing adventures. They will be led by Jillian Brown, Betsy Kohnstamm, and Steve Eckels. Each hike/adventure will have directions and contact info, as well as an “active” or “leisure” option. All adventures will be an alternative to Sunday Service. Please check out the following adventures!


Come join us for a beautiful hike to Clayton Lake! Bring your fishing pole (and license) if you like! If you would rather hang out on the reservoir, there are many accessible campsites nearby. Email Betsy Kohnstamm if you are looking to recreate on the reservoir.


Where: Clayton Lake (accessed from the Reservoir side, not from the Jewell trailhead) OR reservoir campsite

When: July 24th, meet at 10:00 am at the trailhead


It’s about a 5 mile roundtrip hike, with an elevation gain of 1400 feet. It is classified in hiking books as “moderate” difficulty.


Directions: Take the West Side Rd. around the Hungry Horse Reservoir. Around 10 miles or so past the dam, take a right on Forest Service Road 1633. Follow the road about 3 miles to the trailhead. There are a couple offshoots–stay on the main road.


Any questions, or for carpool potential, contact Jillian at 207-837-9242 or Please RSVP by email or phone as well!

Contact Betsy Kohnstamm for info on the reservoir gathering spot at


It’s late July…perfect time to go to a fire lookout! Join us in Glacier National Park for a 12 mile roundtrip hike to Huckleberry Lookout, or a lovely day at Fish Creek. There is a trail that wanders the western boundary of Lake McDonald, from Fish Creek campground, if you are looking for something a little more mild.


Where: Huckleberry Lookout in Glacier National Park, or Fish Creek Campground in GNP

When: July 31st, meet at 8 am at the Huckleberry Trailhead, or at 10 am at the Fish Creek Campground


The Huckleberry Lookout trail is 12 miles roundtrip, with an elevation gain of about 3400 feet. It is classified as moderate difficulty.


Directions: Enter the Park through the West Entrance. Stay on the main road until hitting the south end of Lake McDonald, where you will take a left onto Camas Road. Stay on Camas Road for about 8 miles. The Huckleberry Lookout trailhead will be on your left.


Any questions, or for carpool potential, contact Jillian at 207-837-9242 or Please RSVP by email or phone as well!


Otter Island

August 14, 10 am

Led by Steve Eckels


There is a special quality to rivers and lakes that has attracted people to them for contemplation over the millennia.  The most beautiful spot to enjoy the atmosphere of fresh water in Kalispell can be found at the location of the old steel bridge. This rustic location not only affords one the cool breeze of fresh mountain water, but also offers majestic mountain views to the north and south. When I first discovered the location, which is managed by Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, I didn’t notice the mountain views, and was disappointed at the lack of cultivation. After living here for 16 years, I have come to appreciate the rustic nature of of landscape, and always look up and downstream and am awed by the quiet and sturdy mountains. The state recently acquired a portion of the riverfront and call it “Otter Island”. Otter Island reserve is only a short walk from the parking area.  


Here is how to get there:


Starting from highway 35 (to Bigfork)

1/4 mile towards Bigfork from “Snappies”

Turn east at the stoplight on “Shady Lane” (route 317)

Follow Shady lane another 1/4 mile to the stop sign.

Turn left on “Holt Stage Road”

Go 1/8 mile until you see the river and the new bridge.

Turn into the parking area and proceed to the southern end.


We will meet in the parking area at: 10 am

And we will walk to the wilderness reserve where we will:

1) Bring poems and readings

2) Sit in a circle and share


Bring a folding chair if you wish!

Any questions, contact Steve at: